Dress for the weather
The Flap Happy Flap Hat isn't just adorable: It'll keep your child's face and neck shaded. Available in 40 fun patterns. ($12; 800-234-3527 for stores)
Note: Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.
Apply (and reapply) sunscreen Up to 80 percent of kids will get sunburned this summer -- and just one bad burn may double the risk of melanoma later in life. To keep your child sunburn-free:
? Slather on SPF 30 or higher at least every two hours (and always after she swims). Tip: Put it on before she gets dressed so you don't miss a spot.
? Use an ounce of lotion (enough to fill a shot glass) to adequately cover a toddler. (and two ounces for an adult.)
? Avoid sunscreen battles with Banana Boat's Tear-Free Sunblock, which won't sting if it gets in her eyes. ($7 to $10; in drugstores)
photos: Ned Matura